Chief Operating Officer
Gene Longobardi has over 35 years of senior executive experience, with almost 30 years in adult education and franchising industries. As Chief Operating Officer for Online Trading Academy, he leads the franchise development and support efforts, internal team member training and development, media and content production departments and OTA Tax Pros. Mr. Longobardi began his career with Online Trading Academy in 2004 as a consultant and joined the team full-time in November 2007. He is very proud of the incredible, award-winning culture at Online Trading Academy.
Prior to joining OTA, he was Sr. Vice President of Business Development with ELLIS, Inc., a Salt Lake City company that produced English language learning software for children and adults worldwide. Mr. Longobardi provided strategic guidance to ELLIS as a consultant and later as an employee until the sale of the company to Pearson in 2006. As a senior executive with New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Inc., Mr. Longobardi helped grow the company to become the world's largest information technology training company, with over 280 locations in 30 countries. He began his 12-year New Horizons career as Chief Financial Officer and later became Senior Vice President of Global Franchise Operations, responsible for franchise development and support, product management and worldwide training. After leaving New Horizons, Mr. Longobardi was awarded a lifetime achievement award which was to be awarded annually in his name.
Prior to entering the education field in 1992, Mr. Longobardi spent 10 years as a Real Estate executive involved with acquiring, managing and selling multi-family, commercial and retail properties. Mr. Longobardi has also been a successful business consultant and workshop facilitator, working with numerous companies in the education and training industries, as well as early stage franchising organizations.
Mr. Longobardi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from San Diego State University in 1979, and a CPA certificate in 1982 while working for an international accounting and consulting firm, which he has since allowed to expire. He currently lives in Tustin, California with his wife of over 38 years. His great passion, other than Online Trading Academy, is his four grandchildren.